not sure what era exactly this is supposed to be, although it looks rather Edwardian to me.
as my volunteer contribution for the Boulder 1940s WWII Ball, i’m costuming three cigarette girls.
there were certain technical hurdles. i’m basically reproducing – reiterating? – the costumes from last year… based on three pictures – the girls in burgundy, there in the center.
except i have no model measurements, so these must be able to fit basically anyone of any shape or size. it’s an interesting technical challenge to adapt my patterns that way, since the garments are actually structured garments that are meant to look fitted.
at least the hats are easy peasy. ^_^ and ADORABIBBLE.
authentic nineteenth-century patterns based on authentic garments from the state historical society of Wisconsin’s historical garment collection. might be nice for a late fall piece, perhaps with a Mucha-esque headdress. oh, Rossetti!
in other news, still working on a looksheet for my summer ensemble and trying not to get distracted by Le Pacte des Loups.
i’ve finished my spring suit – i’ll put up images later – and i know what i want to do for fall, but i think for summer i may want to go with something light and transitionally edwardian like this:
it’s a portrait i got for three dollars in Lyons, Colorado, at an antique store whose name i never got, which was staffed by the biggest asshole it’s ever been my misfortune to run into in the context of antique store staff. click for large res – the detail is fantastic. all that pintucking and ornate brushbinding!
it’s clear, too, that she’s not wearing extreme stays in the pigeonbreast, “sylphide” style, but is letting the lines of the garments form the silhouette for her. this might be because it’s transitional; there’s nothing to really suggest an emancipation waist, or that this lady was a proponent of rational dress…. but she certainly looks like a serious and sensible young woman, doesn’t she?